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The Alaska Marijuana Control Board listens to testimony during a public comment period on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit a milestone Thursday, as regulators approved the first retail stores that will be allowed to have customers consume marijuana products on site.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

First Alaska retail pot shops get OK to allow on-site use

Jan. 24, 2020 6:16 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The first marijuana shops in Alaska where customers can partake on-site have gotten approval, putting them on the leading edge nationally. Visions for the spaces range from a living room feel to a brewery-style tasting room with a TV to watch football games. Zoning and ventilation...

The Alaska Marijuana Control Board listens to testimony during a public comment period on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit a milestone Thursday, as regulators approved the first retail stores that will be allowed to have customers consume marijuana products on site.(AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska pot shops to be among 1st in US to allow consumption

Jan. 24, 2020 12:53 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Marijuana shops in Alaska will be among the first nationally where onsite use would be permitted. Alaska's legal marijuana industry hit the milestone Thursday as regulators approved the first retail stores in the state that will be allowed to have customers smoke or consume marijuana...

Flight from Detroit to South Korea makes emergency landing

Jan. 21, 2020 9:42 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to Seoul, South Korea, had to make an emergency landing Tuesday in Fairbanks after the airplane had engine trouble, Fairbanks International Airport said. Flight 159 made the landing at 3:46 p.m. with 189 passengers and crew on board, the...

In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 image, Lizzie Chimiugak, right, gets a hug from her granddaughter Janet Lawrence at her home in Toksook Bay, Alaska. Chimiugak, who turned 90 years old on Monday, is scheduled to be the first person counted in the 2020 U.S. Census on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

At 90, Alaska Native woman is 1st counted in US Census

Jan. 21, 2020 8:34 PM EST

TOKSOOK BAY, Alaska (AP) — Lizzie Chimiugak has lived for 90 years in the windswept western wilds of Alaska, born to a nomadic family who lived in mud homes and followed where the good hunting and fishing led. Her home now is an outpost on the Bering Sea, Toksook Bay, and on Tuesday she became the first...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2000 file photo, U.S. Census Bureau director Kenneth Prewitt, seated, gets a dog sled ride into town by Harold Johnson after arriving for the first count in the Eskimo village of Unalakleet, Alaska. The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in a remote town of Alaska. To mark the occasion, The Associated Press is republishing an article from 20 years ago, when the census began in the village of Unalakleet. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

AP Was There: Census 2000 gets warm welcome in snowy Alaska

Jan. 21, 2020 4:47 PM EST

America’s decennial census begins Tuesday in rural Alaska, as it has out of tradition and necessity since the U.S. bought the territory from Russia in 1867. The Census Bureau starts the tally in Alaska more than two months before the rest of the nation so it can reach residents in remote villages before...

U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham addresses state and Alaska Native leaders Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Dillingham will travel to Toksook Bay, on an island just off Alaska's western coast, for the first count on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

What you need to know before 2020 census starts in Alaska

Jan. 21, 2020 3:31 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday in remote Alaska. U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will be there to conduct the first count in the Bering Sea community of Toksook Bay. ___ WHY IS THE 2020 CENSUS STARTING IN ALASKA? With its sparse population and subzero temperature,...

In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, photo, George Chakuchin, left, and Mick Chakuchin look out over the Bering Sea near Toksook Bay, Alaska. The first Americans to be counted in the 2020 Census starting Tuesday, Jan. 21, live in this Bering Sea coastal village. The Census traditionally begins earlier in Alaska than the rest of the nation because frozen ground allows easier access for Census workers, and rural Alaska will scatter with the spring thaw to traditional hunting and fishing grounds. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town

Jan. 19, 2020 8:47 PM EST

TOKSOOK BAY, Alaska (AP) — There are no restaurants in Toksook Bay, Alaska. No motels or movie theater, either. There also aren't any factories. Or roads. But the first Americans to be counted in the 2020 census live in this tiny community of 661 on the edge of the American expanse. Their homes are huddled...

U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham addresses state and Alaska Native leaders Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. Dillingham will travel to Toksook Bay, on an island just off Alaska's western coast, for the first count on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

What you need to know before 2020 census starts in Alaska

Jan. 19, 2020 11:24 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2020 Census kicks off Tuesday in remote Alaska. U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will be there to conduct the first count in the Bering Sea community of Toksook Bay. Dillingham planned to spend time Friday at the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School in Anchorage,...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murkowski said she's comfortable waiting to decide if more information is needed as part of the Senate's impeachment trial until after hearing arguments from House managers and attorneys for President Donald Trump and questions from members. Murkowski spoke to reporters Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, from Anchorage ahead of Senate impeachment trial proceedings expected to begin Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Murkowski wants to hear case before deciding on witnesses

Jan. 18, 2020 9:02 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she's comfortable waiting to decide if more information is needed as part of the Senate's impeachment trial until after hearing arguments from House managers and attorneys for President Donald Trump and questions from members. The Republican said...

President Donald Trump waves before getting into his vehicle after arriving at Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Trump and his family are spending the weekend at their Mar-a-Lago estate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump team, House managers trade sharp views on impeachment

Jan. 18, 2020 8:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team issued a fiery response Saturday ahead of opening arguments in his impeachment trial, while House Democrats laid out their case in forceful fashion, saying the president betrayed public trust with behavior that was the “worst nightmare" of the...